MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Inside the Minds of Animals

What animals do know that humans were taught animals didn't have the capability to know was one of the motivations for me to write my book, MAGGIE the dog who changed my life. Science is now showing what so many of we animal lovers have known intuitively from our animals for a long time: that they think, communicate, empathize and feel. It's nice to see the science catching up, as this August, 2010 cover feature in Time Magazine demonstrates.

Excerpt from Time Magazine's Inside the Minds of Animals

"Our dodge ... has always been that animals are ours to do with as we please simply because they don't suffer the way we do. They don't think, not in any meaningful way. They don't worry. They have no sense of the future or their own mortality. They may pair-bond, but they don't love. For all we know, they may not even be conscious. "The reason animals do not speak as we do is not that they lack the organs," René Descartes once said, "but that they have no thoughts." For many people, the Bible offers the most powerful argument of all. Human beings were granted "dominion over the beasts of the field," and there the discussion can more or less stop.

But one by one, the berms we've built between ourselves and the beasts are being washed away. Humans are the only animals that use tools, we used to say. But what about the birds and apes that we now know do as well? Humans are the only ones who are empathic and generous, then. But what about the monkeys that practice charity and the elephants that mourn their dead? Humans are the only ones who experience joy and a knowledge of the future. But what about the U.K. study just last month showing that pigs raised in comfortable environments exhibit optimism, moving expectantly toward a new sound instead of retreating warily from it? And as for humans as the only beasts with language? Kanzi himself could tell you that's not true.

All of that is forcing us to look at animals in a new way..."

Read the entire Time magazine article here: Inside the Minds of Animals

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Dawn Kairns  

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